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Wednesday 23rd of August 2017
Camino Martinez 1302 31st of January 2013 by editor 24th of March 2013
Curiosity Shop: Menkes

With almost everybody enjoying a carnival in February, this traditional and famous madrileña shop is a great option for a wonderful selection of fancy dress costumes, writes Camino Martinez

Menkes was inaugurated in Madrid in 1950, initially as a modest establishment that only sold typical regional costumes from all around Spain, including of course the famous flamenco dresses. Since then, it has become one of the most famous fancy dress shops in the city and was visited by Hollywood stars such as Vivien Leigh and Ava Gardner during the fifties. Today, more than 60 years later, whilst still dealing in the traditional outfits, (especially the flamenco skirts, castanets, shoes, etc), Menkes also stocks classic and contemporary dance costumes, sportswear for rhythmic gymnastics, and an enormous amount of fancy dress outfits for just about any style: animals, period dresses, horror, fun, movies, singers, witches and celebrities, to name but a few. For those looking to add accessories, there are a huge variety of wigs, make-up, hats, masks, and feather boas. Stock is available for children, adults and even for professionals. In addition to the Menkes shops (there are several in Spain and also one in Paris and another in New York), the business has its own workshop, where some of their clothes are made, and offers a made-to-measure service. Best of all, perhaps, is that the shop has a wide range of prices. If your personal gorilla outfit that you’ve had for the past few years is looking a little tired, then Menkes also rents costumes, meaning you can be something or someone different at every opportunity.

Menkes, C/Mesonero Romanos, 14 (Metro: Callao). Tel: 91 532 10 36; also at C/Juan de Olías, 21 (Metro: Estrecho). Tel: 91 572 30 15. See www.menkes.es.

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